Americas Cup Programme

Each event can be booked separately or as a total weekend package including accommodation.  All events will be based at Moraine Lodge, Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat.

“Americas Cup – New Zealand’s Cup” and Auction

Saturday 26 September 2020 / 6.30 to 11.30pm

Three of the Americas Cup personalities together in one spot for a very special evening.  Peter Montgomery and Dr Hamish Ross.

Each will share with us their profound knowledge, insights and stories that truly make up one of the worlds leading sports trophy. There will also be a couch session MC'd by Bevan Newlands from Sports Twizel, and a fundraising auction for Sports Twizel.

  • Peter is a long standing sports reporter spanning back 30 odd years with the Americas cup   
  • Hamish, has several decades as counsel and a historian for the America's Cup

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is pleased to be supporting spots Twizel for this event. With all the profits from the auction going towards Sports Twizel.

Early Bird (closes Wednesday 23 Sept)  $ 25 per head which includes an arrival drink.  

Late Bird (from Thursday 24 Sept) $35 per head which includes an arrival drink.  

Cash / eftpos bar available.


Friday 25 September
A peek behind the scenes, dinner with Peter Montgomery and Dr Hamish Ross.  

Saturday 26 September 

'America's Cup - New Zealand Cup' and auction.

Proceeds from the auction on Saturday night auction will be donated to Sports Twizel.



Veteran Radio Sport commentator Peter Montgomery revolutionised the media coverage of yachting. Detractors accused him of never using one word where three would do and of being able to find high drama in a tug tying up at a wharf, but possibly only his boyhood idol, rugby commentator Winston McCarthy has had as much impact on the sport he covered. 

Peter  was awarded an MBE in the 1995 Queen’s Birthday Honours and has covered 11 America’s Cup regattas, nine Olympic Games, 11 Round the World races and numerous international regattas. 

He is famous for the line 'The America's Cup is now New Zealand's Cup' spoken when Team NZ first beat Team USA to win the Auld Mug in San Diego 25 years ago.


Dr Hamish Ross, originally from the Awamutu, has been involved in the America's Cup as counsel and a historian for several decades and holds a PhD in law his doctoral thesis being on the America/s Cup Deed of Gift. 

Hamish has in the past and today represents the New York Yacht Club's America's Cup challengers and in the past has been Counsel for the Swiss Alinghi Team, BMW Oracle and for America's Cup Race Management. 

He is a co-author of several books on America's Cup arbitration.